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Saturday • RiversEdge (Hamilton, Ohio)

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 16, 2015
With New Orleans being such a saturated hub for soulful Rock & Roll, it’s a definite sign that a band has a good thing going when it breaks through the dense competition and onto the radar of fans across the country.   

Sound Advice: Justin Furstenfeld with Ashleigh Stone

Tuesday • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 16, 2015
It’s been 20 years and a lot of hard times since Blue October formed, but Justin Furstenfeld and the gang aren’t done yet.  

Hozier with Dawes

Sunday • The Shoe at Horsehoe Casino

0 Comments · Thursday, June 11, 2015
Every now and then a musician with immense talent reaches the upper echelon of the Billboard charts. They don’t get there because they’re so hot or because they’re dating Diplo. They didn’t wi  

Spoon with The Antlers

Saturday • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Thursday, June 11, 2015
Spoon is the most reliable band on the planet, each album a slight variation on frontman Britt Daniel’s long-running love of terse, sharp-edged Rock & Roll. The Austin, Texas outfit’s eig  

Broncho with Kopecky, Coconut Milk and Near Earth Objects

Friday • Fountain Square

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Over the past five years, Broncho has ridden its love of ’70s Punk and ’80s Indie Rock to a press kit full of praise and the kind of fairly high-profile song placements that couldn’t help but broaden its loyal fan base.  

Marina and the Diamonds

Friday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 26, 2015
It’s oddly wonderful how sometimes two songwriters will interpret the same concept in diametrically opposed fashions. For example, consider Pharrell Williams and Marina Diamandis, both of whom have very powerful songs called “Happy.”  

Ralph Stanley with Nathan Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys

Friday • Thompson House

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 26, 2015
A little over a year ago, 88-year-old Bluegrass Hall of Famer Ralph Stanley called me as he was mourning the loss of his long-time guitarist George Shuffler. Ralph and his brother Carter made American Roots music history in the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s as The Stanley Brothers.  

Butch Walker with Jonathan Tyler and The Dove and the Wolf

Saturday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 26, 2015
No one can accuse Butch Walker of not living up to his potential.  

Shilpa Ray

Wednesday (June 3) • The Comet

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Having seen Shilpa Ray play in the early morning hours after a fierce, chilling rainstorm at the outdoor Nelsonville Music Festival in East Central Ohio, this writer can testify that her tough and exciting voice can surmount any distraction around her and kick-start listeners out of any weariness and make them pay attention.   

Steve Katz

Friday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2015
According to Publishers Weekly, Steve Katz’s new memoir Blood, Sweat, and My Rock ’n’ Roll Years: Is Steve Katz a Rock Star? has maybe the most spectacular revelation yet of any Rock memoir.  

The Charles Walker Band

Saturday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Identifying Charles Walker’s influences doesn’t require prolonged exposure or intense examination. The Milwaukee native grew up with a love of the Blues, Funk, Pop and Motown, as evidenced by his devotion to Luther Allison, Prince and Stevie Wonder, and the sound that he’s developed with his latest outfit, appropriately tagged the Charles Walker Band.
  

Mandolin Orange

Tuesday • Madison Live

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2015
If Robert Earl Keen and Kathleen Edwards formed a Bluegrass/Americana duo and managed to retain their individual identities while combining their collective talents into a distinct third direction, they would sound a lot like Mandolin Orange.
  

The Infamous Stringdusters

Wednesday • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Monday, May 18, 2015
The Infamous Stringdusters are one of the more high-powered acts that exist on the fringes of Bluegrass music. Ten years as a band, the Stringdusters have built up an impressive following with albums and live shows that are upbeat, fun and fueled by amazing musicianship.  

The Antlers with Mutual Benefit

Thursday • Woodward Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2015
There is a sense of desolation and edgy calm in The Antlers’ expansively compelling soundscapes. If you were freezing to death on an Antarctic ice shelf, this is the music your brain would spontaneously create to distract you from your imminent popsicle-hood.  

FIDLAR with The Slippery Lips

Saturday • Thompson House

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2015
The first time I heard FIDLAR, I was parked on my couch holding my cellphone over my head and smiling like a massive dork up at the screen. Some cute boy from OKCupid was sending me links to YouTube videos from his favorite bands. The Skate Punk/Surf Rock sounds of FIDLAR made up most of the list.